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Owners participating in car-sharing programs may be responsible for damages caused by others

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Insurance Division and Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) advise Hawaii residents to be informed and exercise caution before participating in a car-sharing program.

If individuals live in Hawaii and are seeking to rent a vehicle through an online car-sharing program, they are advised to be aware that they may be responsible for damages and injuries stemming from accidents during the rental period.

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Over 500 Hawaii residents scammed by mortgage fraud scheme

Hundreds of distressed homeowners facing foreclosure in Hawaii were likely misled by a loan modification program operated by the Homeowner Legal Assistance Association (HLAA), a Florida corporation, for approximately 17 months in 2009 and 2010, according to an investigation conducted by the Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs’ (DCCA) Office of Consumer Protection (OCP).

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Mazie K. Hirono

Hirono announces $8.7M for workforce training

MEDIA RELEASE Sen. Mazie K. Hirono has announced nearly $8.7 million in federal funds for job training, including skills assessments, job-search and resume help, long-term job-training programs and apprenticeships in Hawaii. The state Workforce Development Division operates One-Stop Centers on Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui and Kauai, using public-private partnerships and collaborations to provide job-training services. [...]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 0.8 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.29/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.59/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

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Gabbard co-sponsors Brand USA reauthorization

MEDIA RELEASE Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has announced she is an original co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize Brand USA, a public-private partnership that promotes U.S. travel to the global community. The Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4450) was introduced by members of the Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus. It will reauthorize [...]

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Papaa Palaoa Bakery opens in Hilo

MEDIA RELEASE A new bakery in downtown Hilo announces its grand opening celebration the week of April 14-20. Located at 187 Kilauea Avenue, Papaa Palaoa Bakery is quite distinctive with its bright blue storefront, hanging flower baskets, and enticing aromas. “People tell us every day, ‘Oh, it smells so good,’” said bakery owner Eric Cox, [...]

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Heiman named finalist for PBN ‘Businesswoman of the Year’

MEDIA RELEASE Elizabeth Heiman, owner of Regarding Sales & Marketing, is among a select group of finalists chosen for the 2014 Pacific Business News (PBN) Businesswoman of the Year. Her company, Regarding Sales & Marketing, assists businesses locally, nationally and internationally to strengthen their business through effective sales and marketing practices. Heiman has been a [...]

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Average gas prices in Hawaii rise 5.4 cents per gallon the past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Hawaii have risen 5.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.27/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 355 gas outlets in Hawaii. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.55/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com

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Pacific Boats & Yachts welcomes Britton

MEDIA RELEASE Captain Tom Britton brings a wealth of experience to his new position, including owning a yacht dealership in Washington for 10 years, selling Catalina Sailboats, Monk Trawlers, and a wide variety of used sail and powerboats. “We are excited to be adding a broker with Tom’s experience and knowledge especially with Catalina Yachts, [...]

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Natural Organics recalls one lot of Tea Tree mouthwash due to bacterial contamination

Natural Organics, Inc., is voluntarily recalling THURSDAY PLANTATION TEA TREE MOUTHWASH after they were notified by its contract manufacturer INTEGRIA Healthcare (Australia) Pty Ltd. that one lot of Tea Tree Mouthwash failed microbial contamination testing.

This bacterial contaminant, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, could pose a health risk to consumers. While a health hazard

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Parker Ranch launches Paniolo Power Company

Parker Ranch has launched a new subsidiary, Paniolo Power Company LLC, Neil “Dutch” Kuyper, CEO of Parker Ranch, Inc., announced today.

“The preliminary results from our energy team, led by Siemens, tell us there is the real opportunity to attract capital to invest in our community grid concept,” Kuyper said.

Parker Ranch hired a consortium led by Siemens to evaluate the merits of a community-based energy solution for Greater Waimea and Kohala as well as prepare a utility-grade integrated resource plan.

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Dyson Hot and Dyson Hot+Cool (AM04) and Dyson Hot+Cool (AM05) heaters

Dyson recalls bladeless portable electric heaters due to fire hazard

About 338,000 heaters in the U.S. and about 43,000 in Canada are recalled. The heaters can develop an electrical short and overheat, posing a fire hazard to the consumer. Dyson is aware of 82 incidents of the recalled heaters short-circuiting and overheating, including four reports of heaters with burned or melted internal parts. No injuries or property damage have been reported.

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